Earlier this week, Constant attended the 126th annual IACP Conference and Exposition.
Since 1893, the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) has been a guiding source for law enforcement professionals, giving leaders the strategies, techniques, and resources to successfully operate. IACP 2019 includes 4 days of education and an exposition hall that runs from Sunday – Tuesday. As the largest event for law enforcement, the IACP draws more than 16,000 public safety professionals.
IACP 2019’s education program covers contemporary or emerging topics that affect law enforcement professionals all over the world. The topics this year include:
- At-Risk Populations: Persons with mental illness, elderly, and/or homeless
- Community-Police Relations, Social Justice, and Public Trust
- Drugs and their impact on the community
- Leadership Challenges
- Officer Safety and Wellness/Officer Suicide
- Police Culture and Morale
- Police Recruitment and Retention
- Response to active threats
- Use of Force
- Violent Crime
Constant is participating at IACP 2019 and exhibiting an operations center console solution designed for 24/7 use. With decades of experience, Constant has provided many solutions for public safety organizations, including real-time crime centers, emergency response centers, fusion centers, and more.
Heather Conover, Senior Project Manager at Constant Technologies, said of the event: “Leaders in the law enforcement sector see real value in attending the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. It’s an important event where first responders can stay current on trends and products they need to successfully navigate the evolving environment of public safety.”
Command and Control for Law Enforcement
Command and control rooms for law enforcement play a vital role in public safety. The prevention, investigation, and response to crime and emergency situations combines data from a myriad of sources: sensors, alarms, crime databases, call records, video inputs such as CCTV and more. The challenge for public safety is not just getting data – it’s how to take all of the data they’re given, interpret it, and make it actionable.
All the information in the world is only useful if there is an effective way to quickly interpret and share real-time data, especially when making decisions that affect public safety. In fact, the more information that is potentially available, the more pressure and responsibility there is for law enforcement and professionals in emergency response centers to use it efficiently and effectively.
A fusion center or other command and control environment can help law enforcement agencies with effectual use of data. A large format video wall allows operators in the room to instantly view and share key information. Having a central location from which to disseminate information keeps it from being siloed, allowing for instantaneous collaboration and communication.
The furniture in a command and control setting is also important. Ergonomic furniture ensures that discomfort during long shifts does not distract from the task at hand. The inclusion of huddle spaces and adjacent conference rooms is another option to promote operators working together within a command center space. The space design and furniture arrangements within a mission critical space should also ensure that each operator has a clear view of the video wall. It’s important to understand the differences between standard office furniture and consoles that are designed for the unique requirements of a public safety command and control room.
Whether it’s a fusion center that combines the efforts of multiple agencies, a real-time crime center in a metropolitan area, or a local emergency response center, the display technology and furniture solutions deployed have a direct effect on the success of an operations center. Working with an expert like Constant Technologies ensures that the design of a mission critical space is optimized for peak performance, 24/7.
If you are a law enforcement or public safety professional in need of new or updated command and control solutions, contact us today.
Constant Technologies, Inc. provides AV integration for 24/7 video walls and custom operation center furniture. With 30+ years experience we can work with sensitive environments in the public and private sectors. Constant designs, installs and services projects of all scopes and sizes around the world. We create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics and functionality in mind.